Mastery Challenge March Round-Up: Jellies and Shrubs

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That’s it! March is all wrapped up and so is our jellies and shrubs challenge. This month, 262 people submitted their projects and lots more joined the conversation in the Facebook group and on Instagram. As always, it was a joy for me to see so many people trying new recipes and finding ways to make and create.

Much like last month, there was a lot to choose from within the challenge parameters. I was surprised and delighted that so many people took on shrubs. As you’ll see in the satisfaction numbers further down, I feel like this month turned a lot of shrub-skeptics into shrub lovers (though not all of you loved the shrubs. And that’s okay too!).

Another thing that was fun to see what that a lot of you made more than one project for the challenge. There’s never a requirement to try the skill more than once, but the more you play around with a particular preserving style, the more you can come to understand it and make it part of your culinary dialect.

Now, here are the numbers that I thought were most interesting. At the start of this month, a number of you had uneasy or negative feelings about shrubs. And I get it. Sometimes the idea of making a sweetened, vinegar based syrup seems a little weird even to me (and I’ve been doing it for years now).

But at the end of the month, a vast majority of those of you who made the shrubs now have an exceedingly positive attitude towards them. Heidi in Rockville, MD said in her comment, “I can’t stop making shrubs!!!! Fun, easy, and sooooo delicious with some soda water or seltzer. They are amazing!” So glad you’re so enthused, Heidi!

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The Jellies

 

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The Shrubs

Also, don’t miss the round-up Mary did of the projects her preserving group completed!

Big thanks to everyone who participated this month! In April, we’re making quick pickles. Hope you all can join in for that!

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7 Responses to Mastery Challenge March Round-Up: Jellies and Shrubs

  1. 1
    lani says:

    I just love having so many sites to explore and new website to find great recipes an new friends. this challenge rocks! xoxo

  2. 2

    thanks for the link love 🙂

  3. 3
    Katie says:

    I had ignored this challenge until I had a shrub based cocktail at a restaurant over the weekend. Now, I have 2 in the refrigerator and am perusing other recipes in this post for more!

  4. 4

    Such a fabulous challenge! I can’t wait to explore all the links!

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    Danita Day says:

    Very flattered to have my apple ginger jelly picture featured Marisa – thank you. It turned out great too. I am enjoying the monthly challenges. I give a lot of my canning items as gifts to friends and family which gives me a lot of joy. On to the pickles!

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    Terri says:

    How do I get involved with May!

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